Art Dubai

March 21 – 24, 2012

Alexander Gray Associates
Art Dubai 2012
Installation view

Alexander Gray Associates
Art Dubai 2012
Installation view

Alexander Gray Associates
Art Dubai 2012
Installation view

Luis Camnitzer

Untitled (1968)
Etching on paper; 26h x 25w in (66.04h x 63.5w cm)
Intended edition of 50, Executed edition of 10 with 2 AP

Luis Camnitzer

The Invention of Rain (1978/2008)
Silver gelatin photograph; 11h x 14w in (27.94h x 35.56w cm)
Edition of 5 with 1 AP

Luis Camnitzer

Rainbowed Statement (1973-1975)
Cut wood letters, acrylic paint, glass, wood
12.25h x 9.88w x 2d in (31.12h x 25.1w x 5.08d cm)

Luis Camnitzer
This is a poetic statement. Identify the elements that construct the poem. (2011)
Detail; Brass plaque with mixed media; 39.37h x 19.69w x 19.69d in (100h x 50w x 50d cm)

Luis Camnitzer
Define the border that separates thinking from wishful thinking. From the series "The Assignment Books" (2011)
Brass plaque; 7.5h x 9.5w x 0.06d in (19.05h x 24.13w x 0.15d cm)

Luis Camnitzer
A sphere is shaped by its limits. With a radius of infinite length will remain a sphere. Comment on this. From the series "The Assignment Books" (2011)
Brass plaque with mixed media; Dimensions variable

Luis Camnitzer
The three states of matter are solid, liquid, and gas. Describe the effects of a liquid sky from the series "The Assignment Books" (2011)
Brass plaque; 7.5h x 9.5w x 0.06d in (19.05h x 24.13w x 0.15d cm)

Luis Camnitzer
The Last Game (2003)
Paper assemblage; 3.63h x 2.5w in (9.22h x 6.35w cm)

Hassan Sharif
Cardboard & Wire (1996)
Cardboard and wire; Dimensions variable

Hassan Sharif; Square and Line A (2009)
Ink and pencil on paper
23.43h x 16.54w in (59.51h x 42.01w cm)

Hassan Sharif; Square and Line B (2009)
Ink and pencil on paper
23.43h x 16.54w in (59.51h x 42.01w cm)

Hassan Sharif
One Minute Drawing (1982)
Pen on paper; 35.24h x 25.2w in (89.51h x 64.01w cm)

Hassan Sharif
One to Five (2007); Ink on paper
23.03h x 16.54w in (58.5h x 42.01w cm); In 5 Parts

Press Release

Alexander Gray Associates
Luis Camnitzer, Hassan Sharif
Stand A22
Madinat Arena
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Alexander Gray Associates' participation in Art Dubai 2012, featured an exhibition of works by two leading figures in Conceptual Art, Hassan Sharif and Luis Camnitzer.

The parallel careers of each artist have influenced the development and distribution of conceptual art practice in the Middle East and Latin America since the 1970s and 1960s, respectively. The selected works, representing a range of periods and media, use subtle means to emphasize language and critical thinking, exploring issues of location, identity and migration.

Works on view included Hassan Sharif’s Cardboard & Wire (1996), an iconic sculpture that was included in exhibitions at the Sharjah Art Museum (1996) and the 2009 Venice Biennale. This assemblage, exploring the transformation of materials and ideas, juxtaposes with Luis Camnitzer’s text-based works from the series Assignment Book (2011), which also encourage open-ended interpretation from viewers. Also on view are Camnitzer’s graphic works from the late 1960s, early experiments with language that pushed traditions of printmaking.

Together, the works exhibited by Camnitzer and Sharif were awarded the inaugural John Jones Art on Paper Award, which aims to recognize the potential for excellence and innovation for works made on paper.

WATCH THE VIDEO: Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath: Hassan Sharif and Luis Camnitzer
Curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath speak on the work of Hassan Sharif and Luis Camnitzer presented by Alexander Gray Associates at Art Dubai 2012 on Canvas Online.


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